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An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
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with brain repair kit for mum by Andy Coghlan
NewScientist.com news service
Cells from babies help heal their mothers
[08 November 04]
"It has been known for about a decade that cells from a human
can remain in its mother’s blood and bone marrow for many years.
do they do? Diana Bianchi at the Tufts-New England Medical
in Boston and her colleagues recently showed that these fetal
transform themselves into specialised cells in the thyroid,
cervix and gall bladder. Now her team has shown that, in mice at
these fetal cells also help heal skin wounds in the mother, both
and after pregnancy."
in maternal tissue following pregnancy: what are the
Johnson KL, Bianchi DW.
Hum Reprod Update. 2004 Nov-Dec;10(6):497-502. Epub 2004 Aug 19.
"The presence and persistence of fetal cells in murine maternal
was first reported over 20 years ago, although it is only more
that the occurrence and potential consequences of fetomaternal
in humans have been fully appreciated. Fetal cell microchimerism
is a growing
field of investigation, although the data are contradictory
the health consequences of persistent fetal cells in maternal
Understanding of the types of cells being transferred from fetus
the location of these fetal cells within the various maternal
and the functionality of these cells may ultimately lead to
minimize or eliminate the deleterious effects of the cells, or to
to take advantage of the presence of these cells for therapeutic
This review focuses on the origins of fetal cell microchimerism
and the different hypotheses regarding the consequences of
cells in the mother, the various diseases that have been evaluated
respect to fetomaternal cell trafficking, the potential variables
with the frequency, persistence and tissue distribution of fetal
in maternal tissue, and an assessment of future direction in this
field of inquiry."
Fetal Stem Cells: A Boost for Stem Cell Research
"The important [finding] of this study is that adult women may
and retain fetal stem cells naturally as a result of pregnancy,
these cells may have therapeutic potential," said Dr. Diana W.
Fetal cells left in mother may be multipotent - Researchers
of epithelial, leukocyte, and hepatocyte markers on fetal
cells. [Journal of the American Medical Association 2004; 292:
mothers a gift of cells, study says - a less scientific
Pregnant Women "Inherit" Some Characteristics of Their Children
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